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2011: A Posting Odyssey

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Basically, this is a topic discussing the community, and how and why people post on this forum? Basically, it's an odyssey, or journey, into the posting that goes on here every day. I'll try to keep this short and sweet and to the point. So, I've been doing some thinking about the forum. To be precise, the posting aspect of the forum. Posting is the heart of a forum. It is the whole reason a forum exists. People go to a forum to express their thoughts either on a certain subject or a series of subjects, in a group of like-minded people or at least people with some common interests.

However, I've noticed that in this forum, posting isn't so much a means of interacting with or communicating with others, nor is it a means of gaining new knowledge and insight from a group of other people. It's not even a way of exchanging ideas and thoughts. It just seems like, around here, people post to throw their opinion out loudly without caring what others think or say. It seems like posting here is some sort of self-serving, self-important way of feeling satisfied that one posted what one thinks. Like, "Woohoo, look at me, everybody! I got something to say! Look at me!" However, I'm very curious as to what sort of posts people prefer, what sort they read, what sort they write, etc, and perhaps that will shed more light on how people post here and how the community interacts and how healthy it really is.

Is that really the sort of forum you guys prefer? Self-absorbed posts with no care for exchanging ideas or interacting together as a community? Basically, this topic is intended as a study of forum posting here.

Some questions I want to put to everyone here and discuss.

1. Why do you post here?

2. What do you hope to gain from posting here?

3. Are you interested in being a part of the community, or are you only interested in what you think?

4. What kind of posts do you generally read?

5. What kind of posts do you generally avoid?

6. What kind of posts do you tend to write yourself, or avoid writing?

7. What do you respect or loathe most in posts?

8. Do you prefer long posts or short posts?

9. Why do you read a particular post?

10. Do you think the posts in this forum are of good quality or bad quality?

I tried to keep this post as short as possible, so, discuss.

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  • 1. Why do you post here?

    After a long day full of work, I just like to sit in my chair and relax by reading the posts in this Forum. There are so many awesome people here, it's impossible not to grin or even laugh with them.

    I post here because it literally makes me feel as if I've known these people since childhood. Well, most of us did play the same games. It makes me feel cozy knowing that I can say something like "You fight like a cow" without getting weird looks. :)

    2. What do you hope to gain from posting here?

    Um, absolutely nothing. I just enjoy it with all my heart.

    3. Are you interested in being a part of the community, or are you only interested in what you think?

    I love sharing ideas and adopting opinions that are more stable than my own. For example, if I say that a game has a good story, then someone else shows the plotholes with valid arguments... I don't hang on to my opinion stupidly. I go like: "Oh! That's right! How could I have missed that?".

    That doesn't mean that I stop liking the game. :p I just broaden my view over it.

    4. What kind of posts do you generally read?

    All kinds. I tend not to read long posts, except review posts. It does depend on my mood at that time.

    5. What kind of posts do you generally avoid?

    None. Well, maybe redundant posts like "When teh game it'z komin ouuut?!!1!" :p

    6. What kind of posts do you tend to write yourself, or avoid writing?

    I do sometimes feel the need to bring arguments to a discussion when provoked, but then I realize that, sometimes, there is no need to.

    Best example: Someone asked me "well how do you see BTTF ep1 with better puzzles?".

    I grabbed the walkthrough and started rewriting it. :) I got to the middle, I think, when I stopped and said to myself "Nobody will read this, heh, nevermind".

    Some people just argue for the sake of arguing. Other people bring real arguments to the table. I enjoy a good discussion. :)

    7. What do you respect or loathe most in posts?

    I respect everything when it comes to good manners, politeness, punctuation and a well structured idea.

    I don't like vulgarities, stupid jokes, insults and personal attacks.

    I don't mind redundant posts, since we can always merge them with bigger threads.

    8. Do you prefer long posts or short posts?

    Depends on the subject.

    9. Why do you read a particular post?

    Sometimes, the user grabs my attention. If it's a post from a friend, I read it. I want to hear his opinion, which we can discuss later on in private.

    Sometimes, it's the post itself. The post which suggested that Stan the Salesman is actually a crocodile had me in stitches!

    Sometimes, I just feel like it. I don't know.

    10. Do you think the posts in this forum are of good quality or bad quality?

    Good and getting better! :)

  • I really can't answer all those questions, so I will just generalize it.

    When I joined this forum it was only to talk about Tales of Monkey Island, when I had completed the game I was blown away and I just needed to talk about it to someone.
    The talk about Tales was amazing, I found so many fans and I felt part of something great. So I just realized how great this forum is, and after that I have just hung around.

    So now I post here because I feel welcome, I finally feel I am actually part of something to finally give my life meaning. I know it’s kinda cheesy to praise a forum that much but it’s just something of those small things in life I really appreciate.
    I could go into a lot of detail about bullying and not being liked in my earlier life, but there is no need for that sort of sentimentality here. But I do feel liked here and that makes me not fear of posting anything, and that is something I really value.
    But to come here and not be embarrassed of who you are, is a big deal for me.

    I post where I feel I have an opinion on the matter, not because I only care for what I think but because I want to be a part of the community.

    And because there are so many MI fans here, this is the perfect place to get friends.

  • 1. Why do you post here?
    I started posting here simply because I wanted to be included in the hype-fest that was taking place prior to 'Tales of Monkey Island's release. I stayed when I realized just how awesome the community was, with all of the fan material produced (art, videos, etc.), and I really enjoyed being involved in the speculation.

    After the season, I stuck around simply because posting here had become habitual, and it had become my sort of 'online home'. I stick around here now mostly for General Chat and the occasional movement in the ToMI Discussion.

    2. What do you hope to gain from posting here?
    I just want to be able to, every now and again, discuss the things that interest me. Mostly just music and certain video games.

    I also hope to be able to engage in discussions/arguments every now and again, and this is a place where I won't get abused for doing so.

    3. Are you interested in being a part of the community, or are you only interested in what you think?
    I must admit that I'm generally a little selfish in this aspect. I am usually more interested in what I have to say, as opposed to what others have to say. And this is the problem that Secret Fawful mentioned in his initial post:

    [quote]It just seems like, around here, people post to throw their opinion out loudly without caring what others think or say. It seems like posting here is some sort of self-serving, self-important way of feeling satisfied that one posted what one thinks.[/quote]

    I feel, in my own way, I'm guilty of this. I get more enjoyment out of putting out my opinion and waiting for people's responses, as opposed to properly taking in what others have to say.

    But perhaps I'm being a little harsh on myself, since usually I'm usually uninterested in others' posts since they're usually on the topic of something that doesn't interest me. And I do often read the entire thread of something that I'm interested in.

    Still, I am a bit of a selfish forumite, and it's something that I need to work on changing.

    4. What kind of posts do you generally read?
    I read post about topics that interest me, whether they be long or short. I cherry pick posts from topics that I'm only mildly interested in, and I generally skim over posts about a topic that I'm uninterested in.

    5. What kind of posts do you generally avoid?

    Posts about topics that don't interest me, long posts about things that only interest me slightly, and almost every post about things that don't interest me... unless they look particularly interesting, or are from a user that I really respect.

    6. What kind of posts do you tend to write yourself, or avoid writing?

    I think I have a mix of posts that I write. Some are a little long, some are short, some are written with the intention of sparking some argument (but not flame wars), most are written with the intent of adding something of value to the discussion (whether many are successful or not, I don't know), while often I am just throwing my opinion out there and hoping that it will spark some further replies or comments.

    I don't know whether many of my posts actually hold anything of worth; this is something that I would have to have somebody else tell me. I usually know when I've written something good judging on the subsequent replies/discussion that may be spawned from it. But, I really don't know what percentage of my posts are actually worth being posted or not.

    7. What do you respect or loathe most in posts?
    I respect people who convey their opinion well, can be funny whilst still being intelligent and sensible, or can open my eyes to new perspectives on things that I thought I knew inside-out.

    I hate bad grammar, I hate double posts, I hate 1/2/3 word posts, I hate posts like 'haha', 'wow', 'yay' or 'awesome!'. I hate posts from people who come in half-way through a discussion, and post something that shows that they haven't payed attention to anything said throughout the entire discussion. I hate posts that repeat what other people have already said, without adding anything new. I hate attention-seeking posts, and I hate space-wasting trolling and nonsense. I may be guilty of some of this myself (I hope I'm not too guilty), but these are things I find unattractive in posts.

    8. Do you prefer long posts or short posts?
    It depends on the topic and the context. Read my above responses if you want further details.

    9. Why do you read a particular post?
    I read a particular post if it is dealing with a topic I find interesting.

    10. Do you think the posts in this forum are of good quality or bad quality?
    The quality varies greatly.

  • It's probably not very fair for me to ask everyone else to contribute to this discussion and not do so myself, so I'll post mine as well.

    1. Why do you post here?

    Well, I've never seen a community before were I literally couldn't think of anyone I really disliked. I can't say I've always liked all of you here, but I do now, and most of you have earned my respect. I also like wasting my time on online forums, and talking to other people, and when you respect those people, then of course engaging in discussions with them is more enjoyable. I also generally respect this company, even if I haven't agreed one hundred percent with the direction they've taken. There are great mods here as well, well, now anyway. They don't ban or warn out of prejudice but they do their job and treat everyone fairly. I have seen boards where this was not the case. Hell, one time I got banned on a Mario board after only two posts, and I still to this day have no damn clue what I said that got me banned. I think they must have been banning people for shits and giggles. So yes, this is a respectable place.

    2. What do you hope to gain from posting here?

    I figure I probably lose precious time I could spend elsewhere by posting here, but being in this community is worth the time spent doing so.

    3. Are you interested in being a part of the community, or are you only interested in what you think?

    I'm always interested in what other's say or think, but I'm definitely guilty of being self-absorbed in my posts or in whether or not people are paying attention to what I say. I do probably tend to think my opinion is infallible sometimes, and think I have a sense of entitlement so that everyone else should listen to what I say and accept it immediately because my opinion is so perfect. Even so, though, I'm aware of my egotism and I do actively pay attention to what others say and other points of view.

    4. What kind of posts do you generally read?

    I tend to read posts on subjects I relate to or like, posts that are well thought out, posts that try to introduce something new to others, posts I can learn from, stupid posts so I can laugh at the posters, posts with humor, and so on, and so forth. I also pay attention to all posts that directly address me.

    5. What kind of posts do you generally avoid?

    I generally avoid posts in which fanboys moan and whine and bitch constantly because they aren't getting whatever they feel entitled to, like the TF2 Sam and Max items. I avoid posts with bad grammar, and I avoid posts in which people obviously don't care what others think and disregard any and all rebuttal or different opinion. I usually don't avoid a post, as much as I might stop reading one halfway through because I think it contains bullshit.

    6. What kind of posts do you tend to write yourself, or avoid writing?

    I write a post if I have something to say. This might either be something insightful, or just a joke that popped into my head at the moment. I avoid writing posts with bad grammar, posts that contain cruel content that might alienate someone or hurt someone's feelings, and I also avoid debates as much as possible. I subscribe to a Groucho Marxian sense of humor, in which everyone, religions, minorities, sexualities, genders male and female, policital groups, etc. are all fair game. However, the actual content of the humor should avoid actually using these things against the person unless using pseudo-logic that doesn't reflect what I actually think.

    7. What do you respect or loathe most in posts?

    I respect intelligence and loathe bullshit. Simple enough.

    8. Do you prefer long posts or short posts?

    I don't care either way.

    9. Why do you read a particular post?

    Yeah, Guru is right, this is a redundant question. I just wanted exactly ten questions.

    10. Do you think the posts in this forum are of good quality or bad quality?

    It varies. Right now it seems like people are making some effort to have actual discussions, but overall I still see a lot of self-absorbed posting and a lot of good topics die out before they need to, when I know there is plenty of discussion left in them. I'd say I consider it a 50/50 right now.

  • The games are what brought me here.. but without the regulars that post here I would not be here on a regular basis. There are a bunch of you I am quite fond of and a few I consider friends.

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    I'm generally more interested in what others have to say here than in putting my own stuff out there (though I've almost certainly been guilty of brainspam on occasion)... There are people who are forced to sit in an office with me every day, so I already have an ideal captive audience for when I just want to delight in the sound of my own voice.

    The forums (and the people I've met here) continue to introduce me to new things and ideas, stuff I wouldn't have encountered just going about my everyday life. I feel that by interacting with a broad range of interesting people, I become a little more interesting myself. And unlike in real life, pretty much everyone here knows what Monkey Island is, and I've never been ridiculed for getting excited about Doctor Who. Nice.

    Quality is the kind of mixture I think you'd get pretty much anywhere you have a large gathering of relatively anonymous people. Obviously I see some sort of value here or I wouldn't have stayed around for this long.

  • @Irishmile said: There are a bunch of you I am quite fond of and a few I consider friends.

    Hey ol' buddy ol' friend ol' pal!

    ...can you lend me 20 bucks?

    :p

  • Sure do you want it in the form of a check or vintage Star Wars memorabilia?

  • @Irishmile said: Sure do you want it in the form of a check or vintage Star Wars memorabilia?

    Yes.

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